During the Great Depression, thousands of women died from unregulated abortions-their death certificates read: "Cause of Death: Sepsis, Kidney Failure" instead of "Cause of Death: Unregulated Abortion." Ruth Delay was one of these women. Inspired by a true story and Ruth Delay's actual letters written from 1929-1938, "Ruth" leads us through her desperate journey of: taking "Female Elixirs" made of turpentine, experiencing lead poisoning and sepsis from flushing her uterus with water from old pipes, and enduring an unregulated abortion performed by a Doctor who arrived too late.
Theatre For Change
Women are still dying of abortions in 2020; the U.S. maternal mortality rate has more than doubled since 2017. Based on a true story, Ruth gives voice to a time when women had to fight for life and die for choice.
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